The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) said it will begin a strike on December 8 over the non-payment of salaries by the Abia State Government.
In a communique after its meeting by Dr Abali Isaiah, Chairman and Dr Daniel Ekeleme, Secretary NMA, Abia branch observed that doctors working at ABSUTH and HMB are being owed between 21 to 25 months and 13 months’ salary arrears respectively.
“That the 21- day ultimatum approved by the National Executive Council (NEC) of NMA and given to ABSG on November 17, to clear the aforementioned salary arrears is currently in its 17th day.
“That ABSG is yet to show any serious commitment to the course.
“That doctors working with ABSUTH and HMB are currently undergoing an untold hardship.”
While condemning the non-payment of doctors in ABSUTH and HMB, NMA said her ultimatum to Abia Government still stands and running.
The association insisted on the payment of what is owed doctors as a condition to avert the impending strike.
It insisted that failure to meet the above demands on or before December 8 would force all doctors in Federal, State, and private sectors in Abia State to proceed on total and indefinite strike.
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